Why so much Israel news? God always meant Israel to be an example to the nations, an example of His righteousness, His justice, His mercy, His love. She is also a signpost. Consider this. Zion, God’s other name of Jerusalem, means “signpost.”Messiah draws nigh. The events in Zion speak to that.
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Busy, busy news week. Big, big headlines that probably caught the attention of most of you.
As I watched the news on UK television of the United States credit downgrade and the reaction from China and Europe — news reports were saying that power had shifted from U.S. east to China and that this was beginning of end of U.S. power — I felt sadness and even trepidation. Both emotions surprised me. I see that my heart is still soft for the nation of my birth. I also see that the U.S. is finally being humbled, as many have foreseen, that she will just be another average or below-average country among the nations. All superpowers must be demoted before complete globalization can take hold: one world, one currency, one false religion. (Keep an eye on how the EU handles Italy’s and Spain’s debt problems this week.)
The timing struck me fiercely. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others called the nation to prayer and repentance; The Response was held Saturday. So Friday we see the credit downgrade. Saturday we get scolded by China, and we lose 30 Navy SEALs in Afghanistan — many of which were from the celebrated Team 6 that executed Osama bin Laden. I couldn’t help but wonder: ‘Did we steal God’s vengeance? Did our gloating over the fall of our enemy cost us?’
What was the big news (for me) before Friday has been forgotten, so let me remind you. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it is reported, is prepared to restart negotiations with the Palestinians based the pre-1967 borders.In May, U.S. President Barak Obama declared that as a condition, and Netanyahu has been firmly saying that wasn’t an option. That shifted last week. It bodes poorly, particularly for the U.S. Why? Because if the U.S. has a hand in dividing Israel, particularly, Jerusalem, we will have exhausted most of the grace, favor and mercy we’ve enjoyed thus far. (Read my May 20 post for more on this.)
Source: news.yahoo.comSyrian tanks stormed a city in the east of the country on Sunday, crushing makeshift barricades, opening fire and seizing the central square, residents said, in a fresh crackdown that activists said killed do…
Source: www.jpost.comArab media outlets publish PA report implicating ousted Fatah official in assassination; Palestinians had held Israel responsible for death.
Source: blog.chron.comPlay-by-play recap of The Response prayer meeting in Houston. Reader it from bottom up for chronological order.
Source: www.npr.orgThe Republican Texas governor, who’s widely expected to enter the race for the White House, says Saturday’s event is nothing more than a Christian prayer rally. His critics, however, say it is Jesus-exclusive and political. The event is sponsored by an organization that some consider a hate group be…
Source: mobile.reuters.comChina, the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, took the world’s economic superpower to task for allowing its fiscal house to get into such disarray. It also revived its calls for a new stable global reserve currency to replace the U.S. dollar, gaining a sympathetic ear in the United Kingdom. “The U.S. government has to come to terms with the painful fact that the good old days when it could just borrow its way out of messes of its own making are finally gone,” China’s official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary.
Source: m.usatoday.comThirty Americans and eight Afghans were killed in the crash, making it the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. The Rangers, special operations forces who work regularly with the SEALs, afterward secured the crash site in the Tangi Joy Zarin area of Wardak province, about 60 miles southwest of Kabul, the other official said.Source: www.jpost.comIsrael to negotiate using 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps, if Palestinians accept two states, one Palestinian and one Jewish.Source: www.jpost.comIDF sources say the call-up orders would be issued per operational requirements, army is training reservists in crowd-control techniques.Source: ping.fmPalestinian Authority terrorists are reverting to the First Intifada tactic of trying to burn down Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.Source: ping.fmAn Iraqi court sentenced three men to death Tuesday for masterminding a church siege last year that killed 68 people in one of the most horrific attacks on the nation’s Christian minority.Source: ping.fmPalestinian Authority officials say mass marches planned on September 20 to protest Israel’s occupation, day before UN vote to recognize Palestinian state.Source: ping.fmFor a year, Obama prohibited any new US sanctions to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons – a looming existential threat to both Israel and the US.Source: ping.fm‘We are not going to recognize Israel. That is very simple. And we are not going to accept Israel as the owner of one square centimeter,’ says Mahmoud al-Zahar.Source: ping.fmWhile traveling through Israel this month, I’ve been asked by many people if a Palestinian state inevitable, and will it happen this fall? It’s a controversial topic, to be sure, and an increasingly relevant one given the upcoming vote in the U.N. General Assembly this fall. Here’s what I’ve been sharing with people here: The Bible doesn’t speak specifically to the issue of whether a sovereign Palestinian state will be created or not. That said, I tend to believe the geopolitical and prophetic evidence suggests there will probably be a Palestinian state in the not-too-distant future.The LORD is shaking the nations physically, spiritually, financially: Why and how should we respond?Source: ping.fmThe nations are being shaken – physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, politically and in so many other ways. The people of Norway have been shaken this week by seeing sheer evil unleashed against precious, innocent children. Japan has been shaken this year by the enormous earthquake, the resulting tsunami, and the horrific nuclear meltdown. The people of Egypt, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen have been shaken this year by dramatic and largely unexpected the revolutions underway there and throughout the Arab world.Source: ping.fmRefugee Barwago Mohamud huddles silently beneath a few blankets stretched over sticks at night, fearing for her life after a neighbor was raped, and a naked woman who had been kidnapped and gang-raped for three days in front of her terrified children was delivered to the medical tent next door.Source: ping.fmWhen the “enemy” is different, an outsider, it’s easier to draw quick conclusions, to develop stereotypes. It’s simply human nature: There is “us,” and there is “them.” But what happens when the enemy looks like us — from the same tradition and belief system?Source: ping.fmAn incensed President Benigno Aquino III ordered the Philippine military Monday to crush Abu Sayyaf militants who killed seven marines and beheaded two of them in last week’s fighting.Source: ping.fmXinijang region in China’s far west has been on edge since nearly 200 people were killed in fighting between Uighurs and Han Chinese in 2009 in Urumqi, the regional capital. Xinjiang has been beset by ethnic conflict and a sometimes-violent separatist movement by Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic
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